ST. LOUIS — Don Mattingly decided not to postpone the intrigue over Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodgers manager said Monday he'll go with his ace left-hander on three days' rest in Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the Cardinals.
Mattingly made the announcement before Game 3 in a best-of-five series tied at a game. He added he "pretty much knew" he'd go that way before the series started.
Kershaw is set to pitch today. Mattingly said RHP Zack Greinke would start a potential Game 5 on regular rest Thursday in Los Angeles.
Kershaw is the heavy favorite to win a third NL Cy Young and won on short rest in the NLDS last year, beating the Braves in the series clincher. That's the only time he has pitched on three days' rest in his career.
But he has been pummeled his past two times in the postseason by the Cardinals, and he surrendered eight runs in 62/3 innings while blowing a five-run lead in Game 1.
Mattingly said Kershaw had bounced back mentally as well as physically and noted that he came back strong last fall the start after he pitched on three days' rest, a 1-0 loss to St. Louis in the NL Championship Series.
FINE FOR MOLINA: Cardinals C Yadier Molina will be fined substantially but not suspended for the incident in Game 1 where he briefly shoved umpire Jerry Meals, cbssportsline.com reported. The exact amount of the fine isn't known. Molina was not ejected for the small shove.
SHIELDS GETS NOD: RHP James Shields will start Game 1 of the AL Championship Series for the Royals, manager Ned Yost announced. The former Ray pitched six innings and earned the win in the Sunday's 8-3 victory over the Angels that capped Kansas City's Division Series sweep.
DAVIS DOUBTFUL: The Orioles are unlikely to put suspended 1B Chris Davis on their ALCS roster. Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, would not be eligible to return until a possible Game 6.
RATINGS STRONG: The Royals' win over the Angels on Sunday drew 4.4 million viewers on TBS, an increase of 29 percent over the comparable game last year. The Orioles' 2-1 win over the Tigers earlier in the day drew 3.3 million viewers on TBS, up 14 percent. The postseason as a whole was averaging 3.6 million viewers through Sunday's games, an increase of 9 percent over last year to make it the most-watched postseason since 2010. Viewership among the 18-34 audience was up 19 percent.
AL division series
Orioles 3, Tigers 0
Royals 3, Angels 0
NL Division series
Giants 2, Nationals 1
Game 1: Giants 3, Nationals 2
Game 2: Giants 2, Nationals 1, 18
Monday: Nationals 4, Giants 1
Tonight: at San Fran., 9, FS1
Thursday*: at Wash., 5, FS1
Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1
Game 1: Cardinals 10, Dodgers 9
Game 2: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2
Monday: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1
Today: at St. Louis, 5, FS1
Thursday*: at L.A., 9, FS1
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Orioles vs. Royals
(All games on TBS)
Friday: at Baltimore, 8 p.m.
Saturday: at Baltimore, 4 p.m.
Oct. 13: at Kansas City, TBD
Oct. 14: at Kansas City, TBD
Oct. 15*: at Kansas City, TBD
Oct. 17*: at Baltimore, TBD
Oct. 18*: at Baltimore, TBD
* If necessary